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March 2015 • The PCB Design Magazine 43 2015 IPC aPeX eXPo show review ment for their success grew as I got to know them a bit throughout the three day program. Their questions, challenges, dialogue and ex- tra efforts in study resulted in an exceptionally high pass rate overall. Well done. Go on to de- sign great things! IPC Designers Council Executive Board Meeting Enter serendipity. I was pleased to accept an invite to attend the IPC Designers Council Executive Board meeting scheduled for the eve- ning after our testing concluded. Within mo- ments of entering the meeting room I was shak- ing hands with Master Instructors and executive board members from Australia, Germany and Malaysia…even as far away as Texas! They are a friendly and lively bunch. And while it is not my place to report on any details of the meet- ing, I will declare to all Designers Council mem- bers and anyone thinking about joining the IPC Designers Council that you are well represented by this executive board! They work passionately within the council and effectively with IPC di- rectors to plan, evaluate and improve IPC sup- ported programs which involve and educate PCB designers. Design Forum Once again, I was glad to have the oppor- tunity to attend the Monday Design Forum event. This year's list of speakers included Carl Schattke, a PCB design engineer from Tesla Motors, who spoke on the subject of design for success. PCB library expert Tom Hausherr, president of PCB Libraries Inc. discussed the IPC-7531C land pattern standard and generated quite a bit of audience engagement by presenting some new ideas for PCB component identification and marking. IPC Master Trainer Rainer Taube, from Taube Electronic GmgH and FED Germany, spoke on component mounting issues and offered some show review

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